Forthcoming from Coteau Books Spring 2019
About the book:
A gripping novel about the collision of lives and of human resilience.
Sarah is the youngest of the three Levine sisters. Rose, the self-assured oldest, is a talented dancer settled in a happy marriage. Gail, the middle sister, is as passionate about her career as a fledgling lawyer as she is partisan about her political activism. Sarah, on the other hand, has drifted from one minimum-wage job to another. She prefers her rooming-house existence to the two-bedroom apartment her boyfriend is eager to share.
Sarah’s life as an adult is shadowed by a Holocaust-haunted childhood whose night terrors echo through her waking hours. At twenty-five, she is rudderless, caught in moral paralysis which keeps her from seizing her own life.
The Levine family begins to unravel when oldest sister Rose loses a much-wanted pregnancy and descends into clinical depression. When Sarah is fired from her job, a chance stay in Paris offers her new possibilities for life and choice.
But when she reads the writing on the wall above her local Métro subway station, death to the Jews, the terrors again threaten. And as her path criss-crosses and approaches that of Laila, her doppleganger, a young woman in exile far estranged from the delights and luxuries of 1980s Paris, Sarah is drawn closer to the act of terrorism that may realize the fears she has till now only imagined.
In this new novel, as in her debut, The Knife-Sharpener’s Bell, the writing is both sensual and taut, a tightly-woven narrative that draws readers in.
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